Patients First’s Terminology Server excels at FHIR Connectathon

Patients First’s Terminology Server excels at FHIR Connectathon

Virtual Connectathon Attendee

Health Level Seven (HL7) International held its 25th Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Connectathon on the 10th and 11th of September 2020. The event attracted a record 635 attendees from all over the world who participated in one, or more, of the 36 available tracks – despite the event being held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Global FHIR Connectathons are held three times a year and aim to:  

  1. provide education to newcomers to the standard 
  2. advance new areas of the FHIR Specification itself 
  3. test implementations.  

With the latter aim in mind, Patients First Solutions Architect Peter Jordan (a regular attendee at these events) joined the Terminology Services Track and made the Patients First Terminology Server (Terminz) available to all participants. 

A terminology service like Terminz lets healthcare applications make use of codes and value sets without having to become experts in the finer details of the value sets and underlying code systems and their related resources. Healthcare professionals with an interest in terminology might use the Web Client offered by our Interoperability Platform to perform operations such as lookups – particularly for terminologies such as NZULM, and for HPI Facilities.   

Managing and properly using terminology is fundamental to effective, interoperable data exchange – so this is an important capability to provide and test at Connectathons. Likewise, consumer-friendly terminology is crucial to supporting use of applications that empower patients to monitor their own health and wellness as part of the movement towards a patient-centric healthcare system. 

FHIR Connectathon in Sydney, February 2020
Photo taken at the FHIR Connectathon in Sydney, February 2020.

In addition to his duties as co-track lead, Peter’s primary goal was for client applications to test the HL7® FHIR® R4 version of the Patients First Terminology Server (Terminz) and to exercise it using the track’s test suite. Terminz passed all 286 tests – including the Server’s Capability Statement – available on the AEGIS Touchstone platform, the only Server of its kind at the Connectathon to do so.  

Patients First is proud to say that Terminz continues to be a leading reference implementation and one of New Zealand’s many contributions to the development of FHIR.